computex 2019

Computex 2019 in Taiwan is where tons of PC and mobile hardware companies announce new products. MSI, one of the biggest PC hardware makers, especially for the hardcore gaming audience, was in full force at Computex this week. It announced a number of new motherboards and laptops, including two high-end gaming notebooks.

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MSI GT76 Titan gaming notebook

For gamers who want the ultimate hardware inside a (semi) portable enclosure, the MSI GT76 Titan could be what you want for your next LAN party, or just for playing Metro Exodus at your home office. MSI says the 17.3-inch GT76 Titan is the first gaming laptop that has a desktop Intel Core i9 processor inside. You can get up to the Intel Core i9 9900k chip in the GT76 Titan, which has 8-cores and a 16-thread configuration. You can also overclock the processor up to 5.0GHz inside the laptop. That’s due in part to MSI’s exclusive cooling tech inside the laptop, which keeps both the CPU and the GPU from overheating while you play games.

Speaking of GPUs, you can get the MSI GT76 Titan with up to NVIDIA‘s latest GeForce RTX 2080 chip inside, with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. You can also cram up to 128GB of DDR4-2666 PC RAM inside this notebook. and it comes with an RGB-based backlit keyboard provided by well-known gaming PC accessory maker SteelSeries. The notebook also includes support for Wi-Fi 6, and its Killer (yes, that’s the name of the company) Ethernet networking hardware can support up to 2.5Gbps. For storage, the laptop has three SDD M.2 slots, along with a single hard drive slot, so you won’t lack for space to hold everything you want.

The design of the MSI GT76 Titan is also a new one for laptops from the company. It has a very angular chassis, made of high-quality aluminum, along with carbon fiber themed ventilation grilles in the back. Besides the keyboard, the lower parts of the notebook also have RGB lighting as well. All of that in a notebook that’s just under 10 pounds. While that’s not exactly thin and light, it’s portable enough so you can take it to your next LAN event.

You can choose from either a 1,920 by 1,080 144Hz display for the notebook or a 3,840 x 2,160 60Hz panel. Expect to use two power bricks to keep this laptop going (we don’t expect the battery to last long on this one either). You can start buying the MSI GT76 Titan sometime in June or July. As you might expect, the price of this notebook will be on the high side; it will have a starting price of $3,600 with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and the price goes up to $4,800 for the model with the GeForce RTX 2080.

MSI GE65 Raider gaming laptop

MSI GE65 raider laptop MSI

 

If you still want an MSI gaming laptop that perhaps costs a bit less and is more portable, but still provides plenty of high-end hardware, the GE65 Raider may be for you. This is a 15.6-inch 5-pound laptop with a 1,920 x 1,080 display, although you can pick from between a 144Hz panel and a 240Hz screen, the latter of which should provide some excellent visuals while playing high-end games. Inside, it has a mobile 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 64GB of RAM and either an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 or 2060 GPU.

Like its big brother, the MSI GE65 Raider has an RGB backlit keyboard from SteelSeries, along with with Wi-Fi 6 support for the fastest wireless connection. Again, while it is definitely not a “thin-and-light” notebook, its weight of 5 pounds and its thickness of just 1 inch certainly allows it to be safely stored and carried on a backpack. That’s pretty impressive for a notebook that can play all games at a pretty high frame rate and resolutions. Unfortunately, MSI has not announced a price point for the GE65 Raider notebook, but we expect it to be on the high side as well. It’s due to be released sometime in the third quarter.

MSI GS65 Stealth gaming notebook

NVIDIA’s Computex booth also showed off a number of gaming laptops with its GeForce RTX graphics chips. It included the previously released MSI GS65 Stealth notebook, but with the highest end GPU, the GeForce RTX 2080. The four-pound notebook has been out for over a year, but based on NVIDIA’s booth, it looks like that the laptop could be getting an update to include the fast NVIDIA chip inside. Hopefully, we will get more info on this soon.

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